CSR Information

Business Continuity Management

System for Managing Business Continuity

To counter risks which could significantly impact Head Office functions and are beyond a company's capacity to prevent, such as natural disasters and new strains of influenza, Sumitomo Forestry has established the BCP Subcommittee. The subcommittee sits under the CSR/Risk Management Committee, is chaired by the general manager of the General Administration Department and is comprised of the persons responsible for risk management at each Group company. Additionally, the Company promotes initiatives based upon business continuity plans (BCP). Since Sumitomo Forestry Group companies are an integral link in the supply chain of one another's business, each Group company is committed to constantly improving the resilience of the whole Group, and tackling Group-wide issues with the intention of enhancing business continuity.

In fiscal 2016, Sumitomo Forestry held four BCP sub-committee meetings. Critical initial responses in the event of a powerful earthquake, in particular the one striking directly underneath the Tokyo metropolitan area was revised; in the meantime various training programs were planned and implemented.

BCP simulation training

BCP simulation training

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Measures for Employee Safety and Systems for Business Continuity

Portable guide for risk responses, Safety Confirmation System

Sumitomo Forestry Group distributes Portable Guides for Risk Responses to all Group employees in Japan, promoting the basic response procedure to take in the event of a disaster. A safety confirmation system has also been introduced, allowing the safety of employees to be checked quickly in the event of a natural disaster. Safety confirmation drills are conducted at domestic Group companies every year, and in fiscal 2016, a sum of 12,946 employees have participated in them.

Portable guide for risk responses

Portable guide for risk responses

Disaster Prevention and Damage Mitigation Measures

By way of preparation for employees walking long distances back home on foot or those stranded at the office unable to return home in the event of a massive earthquake, Sumitomo Forestry has stipulated a minimum stockpile of common emergency supplies for each workplace, and has had these distributed to all Group bases. In particular, at bases in large metropolitan areas (Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya), where it is expected there would be large numbers of stranded employees, enough supplies have been stored for employees to stay at the office for up to three days.

Also, when selecting new offices and other facilities, rather than deciding merely on cost and convenience, the person responsible for disaster prevention at Head Office gets involved, and measures for preventing disasters and reducing damage are implemented, such as measures for preventing office equipment from falling over and multifunction printers on wheels from rolling.

Furthermore, Sumitomo Forestry has also implemented measures from a perspective of data integrity, such as backing up data at locations physically distant from the data center.

BCP Simulation Training

In order to overcome the chaos immediately after a large-scale earthquake strikes and to transition quickly to action for business continuity, it is vitally important that the people in charge can make an initial response and can make decisions according to the situation at hand. For this reason, since fiscal 2011, the Sumitomo Forestry Group has continued to conduct BCP Large Scale Earthquake Countermeasures Simulation Training, targeted at the persons in charge at each Group company. The aim of this training is to get participants to experience a simulated “crisis” in an earthquake and to acquire an awareness of the issues, by getting them to make spur of the moment decisions again and again based on rigorous hypothetical scenarios. During the training, since Group companies from neighboring areas are assembled together in one place, another aim of the exercise is to share an awareness of risks and to strengthen cooperation among them in an emergency. To date, a cumulative total of more than 460 people have participated in this training.

Systems have also been developed so that, in situations where employees find getting to work difficult, payment of salaries, payments to business partners and other important business operations can still be carried out from home or other remote locations while maintaining a high level of security. Simulation drills for this have also been conducted every year.

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Strengthening Supply Chain Business Continuity Plan

In readiness for potential disruption of its housing business supply chain following a disaster, Sumitomo Forestry shares the specifications and processes for property construction along with site progress status information with business partners including component makers and building contractors. By enabling advanced procurement of materials and production in this way, the Company is striving to reduce the risk of a disruption to operations.

Sumitomo Forestry also reviews its suppliers of building and construction materials, with supplier evaluations conducted every year for determining whether to continue business with them. Business continuity items, such as systems for ensuring alternative supply routes during a disaster, have been added to these evaluations.

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Continuity of Customer Service

While establishing call centers in Tokyo and Fukuoka, thereby facilitating a 24-hour after-sales service, Sumitomo Forestry has also developed a mechanism whereby any call center can back up the functions of another call center in the event it is affected by a disaster. Through a unified emergency system, the Group can share damage information pertaining to owners nationwide, enabling us to respond quickly to requests for repairs.

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Toward the Future

The Sumitomo Forestry Group will strive to further reduce the risk of business interruption in the future by creating rules for crisis management reports from suppliers in the event of an incident such as calamities and disasters like earthquakes while also tracking all revisions of these reports.

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CSR Report2017